Five bishops elected at SEJ 2016

 

It was a historic day at the Southeastern Jursidictional Conference being held at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Lake Junaluska, N.C. The first African-American clergy woman was elected by the delegates of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in its history.  Rev. Sharma Lewis from the North Georgia Conference was the first African-American clergywoman elected as a bishop of The United Methodist Church since 2000.  She was also the first bishop elected in the 2016 quadrennium. During the day, in a total of ten ballots, the delegates elected five new bishops between twelve-noon and 5:30 p.m. It was the consensus of leaders across the jurisdiction that this may have been the quickest that five bishops have ever been elected in the church. This early completion of voting will change the schedule for Thursday, with a longer time of recess following the Service of Remembrance scheduled for the morning. The assignments of all the bishops will be revealed on Thursday evening at the session that has been moved to 7:00 p.m. Consecration of the new bishops is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska, and it will be live-streamed at: lakejunaluska.com/streaming.

Information on the Bishops-elect

Rev. Dr. Lawson Bryan

SEJ 2016- Election of Lawson Bryan Rev. Lawson Bryan of the Alabama-West Florida Conference was elected on the 10th ballot. Read the story from the Alabama-West Florida Conference More biographical information ___ Rev. Leonard Fairley SEJ 2016- Election of Leonard Fairley Leonard Fairley from the North Carolina Conference was elected on the seventh ballot. Read the story from the North Carolina Conference More biographical information ___ Rev. David Graves SEJ 2016- Election of David Graves Rev. David Graves of the Holston Conference was elected on the fourth ballot. Read the story from the Holston Conference More biographical information ___ Rev. Sue-Haupert Johnson SEJ 2016- Election of Sue Haupert-Johnson   Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson of the Florida Conference was elected on the tenth ballot. Read the story from the Florida Conference More biographical information ___ Rev. Sharma Lewis SEJ 2016- Election of Sharma Lewis Rev. Sharma Lewis from the North Georgia Conference was elected on the first ballot. Read the election story from the North Georgia Conference More biographical information

Resources for Vital Congregations

 

CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources

eLEAD

Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians

DISCIPLE FORMATION:

Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations

WESLEYAN STUDIES:

Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology

REACHING PEOPLE:

Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging

RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:

Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children

GRANTS:

The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment

OTHER:

The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
 
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

 
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.
 

 

  • Resources
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